Friday, March 8, 2013

International Women's Day 2013


International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies

Women's Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March 1911. At same time, in accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on 28 February. In 1913 following discussions, Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen's Day ever since.

Since its birth, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

Each year around the world, IWD is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Most organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate this day.

IWD events honour and celebrate the achievements of women all around the world, ranging from small random informal gatherings to large highly organised events.

You can search International Women's Day 2013 Events by Country

Demonstration in Manila (Philippines) to mark International Women's Day


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